Erin Napier Just Revealed a Sweet Home Detail Inspired By Her Grandmother’s Pantry

Erin Napier Just Revealed a Sweet Home Detail Inspired By Her Grandmother’s Pantry

There are several ways you can add personality and flair to your home, but nothing beats a sentimental design element. In this case, it’s Erin Napier‘s height chart, taking pride of place on the kitchen door.

The designer and author took to Instagram to share her meaningful markings, explaining that the height chart was inspired by a similar tracking system in her grandmother’s pantry. Marking down her daughter Helen’s heights, the chart shows just how much she has grown over the last year, as well as paving the way for a family tradition.

“This door facing was inspired by my grandmother’s pantry door that saved the heights of me, my brother and cousin @jobforjim,” Napier captioned an Instagram post which was shared with her 1.2 million followers. “It even made it into The Lantern House, my children’s book with @adamtrest. What family stories like this do your houses keep? I’m so curious.”

Napier asked followers to share their own family stories, and many revealed that they also had a DIY height chart in their homes.

“My childrens’ heights [are] on my utility room wall. Every year til they turned 20.” one follower shared, while another said: “We had our boy’s measurements on a door in our former home. When we built our new home a few years ago, we took that door with us and had it installed in our new home. Just couldn’t leave it behind. They are now 25 and 30.”

As for me, I also had a height chart at my grandmother’s house… until a decorator painted over it last year, without permission. 25 plus years of measurements, gone with a swipe of Duck Egg Blue.

Not just limited to height tracking, Napier’s fans shared more family traditions and memorable moments from their lives. One person shared that they planted oak saplings in their yard in 1964. Although they have since moved homes, through the years, they have been able to go back to collect acorns from the oaks to grow wherever they move to next.

Other fun stories include a map that’s pinned every time the family visits a new place, and photo montages to mark every birthday.

Do you have any home traditions? Let us know in the comments below.

Here’s Why One HGTV Expert Wants You to Decorate Your Rental As If You’re Moving

Here’s Why One HGTV Expert Wants You to Decorate Your Rental As If You’re Moving

If you’re a renter who moves often, you’ve probably noticed the items that always go with you, and the others you get rid of and repurchase to some extent (replacing a dated piece of furniture, buying new wallpaper, etc.). That repurchasing phase can be quite costly, on top of what you already spent moving from Point A to Point B, but HGTV expert Carmeon Hamilton shared a simple rule that will help save money the next time you’re switching places: decorate your rental so you can take it with you.

The Memphis-based interior designer has a new show on Discovery+ called “Reno My Rental” that’s all about decorating a rental on a budget. In a recent episode, she helps a singer and songwriter take her new rental apartment, which is filled with her childhood furniture, and uplevel it to a more mature, sophisticated look. And Hamilton accomplishes this by keeping longevity and mobility in mind the entire time, prepping the space to be lived in while considering future moves.

First, Hamilton recommends that the renter invests in one important thing: a grown-up sofa. She explains that a good sofa will last for a decade, so it’s important to choose a modern, neutral-toned piece that will match any future spaces it’s placed inside. While this might be a pricey investment upfront, Hamilton mentions it will pay off as it lasts throughout years (read: moves).

Wallpaper is in, but if you’re a renter, you might not have the ability or permission to install it in your space. And even if you do, and you end of loving it, you can’t take it with you to your next home. Hamilton solves this by framing a wallpaper-covered piece of plywood in a large, beautiful frame, making it the eye-catching piece in a room. This is also a perfect first project if you’re interested in getting into DIYs, as it’s simple and looks like an Instagram background.

Finally, Hamilton saves the young renter thousands of dollars by repurposing furniture she already has. With a fresh coat of paint and some creative thinking, her childhood bookcase becomes a desk. Before throwing out old furniture, think outside the box as to what other purpose it could serve now and in the future. It’ll feel like a brand new piece that can go with you to the next rental and you’ll have some extra money in your wallet.

Why One HGTV Expert Says You Might Want To Replace Your Front Door (Even If You Don’t Have To)

Why One HGTV Expert Says You Might Want To Replace Your Front Door (Even If You Don’t Have To)

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Here’s the Classic Exterior Paint Color That Is Trending Right Now, According to an HGTV Expert

Here’s the Classic Exterior Paint Color That Is Trending Right Now, According to an HGTV Expert

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In her spare time, Nicoletta loves marathoning the latest Netflix show, doing at-home workouts, and nurturing her plant babies. Her work has appeared in Women’s Health, AFAR, Tasting Table, and Travel + Leisure, among others. A graduate from Fairfield University, Nicoletta majored in English and minored in Art History and Anthropology, and she not-so-secretly dreams of exploring her family lineage in Greece one day.

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One HGTV Star Says This Is Where You Should Be Adding New Hardware (It’s Not the Kitchen)

One HGTV Star Says This Is Where You Should Be Adding New Hardware (It’s Not the Kitchen)

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There are little ways to make a room feel refreshed without having to do a full reno, and one of them is switching out hardware. It’s inexpensive, an easy DIY, and is a low-risk way to add some fun and flair into your space. (Don’t like it in a year? Swap it out!) While hardware replacements are often associated with kitchen cabinets, one HGTV expert says to refocus your attention elsewhere — on the outside of the house.

In a recent conversation with Apartment Therapy, Rachel Taylor — one of the hosts on HGTV’s new show “Curb Appeal Xtreme” — shared a few ways you can refresh your front yard for cheap. Whether it’s for selling purposes or enjoyment, Taylor mentioned that swapping out your hardware can immediately enhance your outdoor hangout area.

“The hardware on a front patio is what makes the patio sing. It’s the jewelry, if you will,” Taylor told Apartment Therapy. “So just updating the house numbers or the light fixtures is a really easy way to create some refreshment.”

In addition to the above, hardware could also mean your handle, knocker, and/or lock attached on the door. But whatever it is that you’re swapping out, Taylor said to lean into a finish that is a bit off the beaten path to jazz things up a bit.

“Instead of going for a crisp brass, do a champagne brass or a nickel plate finish,” Taylor instructed. On the flip side, she also suggested going with a vintage piece of hardware found at an antique shop that looks aged, but, at the same time, is an update for the house.

And when it comes to figuring out where to shop for your hardware, the sky’s the limit! From Home Depot’s wide selection to a place like HomeGoods (which is launching an online shop soon), or that tiny antique shop near your home that you pop into from time to time, there’s no shortage of places to get your hardware fix.

Nicoletta Richardson

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In her spare time, Nicoletta loves marathoning the latest Netflix show, doing at-home workouts, and nurturing her plant babies. Her work has appeared in Women’s Health, AFAR, Tasting Table, and Travel + Leisure, among others. A graduate from Fairfield University, Nicoletta majored in English and minored in Art History and Anthropology, and she not-so-secretly dreams of exploring her family lineage in Greece one day.

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